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Keating is the Norma Desmond of Australian politics*

[*Don’t worry, the reference is explained below.]

A lot of what he’s said lately isn’t funny. Or it’s just plain wrong. Maybe he’s lost his marbles.

Either way, he should be registered as a foreign principal due to his work with the China Development Bank:

Under the scheme, people or entities that undertake certain activities on behalf of a foreign principal for the purpose of political or governmental influence are required to register unless an exemption applies.
A foreign principal includes:

  • a foreign government
  • a foreign political organisation
  • a foreign government related entity [the China Development bank]
  • a foreign government related individual.

Categories of registrable activities include:

  • parliamentary lobbying on behalf of a foreign government

  • parliamentary lobbying on behalf of other kinds of foreign principals for the purpose of political or governmental influence

  • general political lobbying for the purpose of political or governmental influence

  • communications activities for the purpose of political or government influence

  • disbursement activities for the purpose of political or governmental influence

  • activities undertaken by former Cabinet ministers on behalf of a foreign principal

  • activities undertaken by recent designated position holders in the 15 year period immediately following their public role where those activities draw on the knowledge, skills or experience gained in their previous role.

And his attack on John Garnaut is contemptible.

Read this article of Garnaut, reflecting on his time in China, to understand how good he is.

Shorten even had to disown Keating, but Albo missed the mark with this comment which conflates the Chinese Communist Party with criticism of China … which is exactly what China wants:

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese said Mr Keating had a right to raise his concerns, and added that they reflect broader concerns about attitudes towards China.

“I think what Paul Keating was talking about was certainly a concern that has been there, certainly I’ve had that concern as well,” he said.

“We need to be very careful that it is not in Australia’s economic interests, essentially, to be xenophobic when it comes to China and the role of China in the region.

“We need to examine legitimate security concerns, which are there, but we also need to acknowledge that China has been a nation [with] which we have a friendly relationship and have had one since the Whitlam government recognised China in 1972.”

On the other hand, Paul Keating is the Norma Demond of Australian politics … always ready for his closeup.

 

The Libs are going hard

They have nothing to lose and they’re still smarting from the Mediscare campaign of 2016.

This is hardcore.